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Lies are only profitable for the liars, not the victims, so the net measure of "profit" for lies is negative, since the lie is merely a tool used to transfer "profit" from someone to another person, wealth distribution, it is not profitable in the sense that more power is made out of less power - unless by accident, or exception to the general rule.

Crime does not pay.

Victims pay.

Crime does not produce wealth (pay).

Victims produce pay (criminals compete with criminals) as victims produce the power that is worth stealing.

A criminal stealing from another criminal does not increase total power, total wealth, and if criminals only stole from other criminals, then who would feed the criminals?

http://www.ushistory.org/paine/commonsense/sense2.htm

"Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one: for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries BY A GOVERNMENT, which we might expect in a country WITHOUT GOVERNMENT, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer."

Joe